Florence Roberts

Florence Roberts (March 16, 1861 – June 6, 1940) was an American actress of the stage and in motion pictures.

Florence Roberts
Florence Roberts in A Trip to Paris (1938) still 1 cropped.jpg
Florence Roberts circa 1938
Born(1861-03-16)March 16, 1861
Died(1940-06-06)June 6, 1940 (aged 79)
Years active1917–1940
Spouse(s)Walter Gale

Stock company actressEdit

Born on the Isle of Man, she began acting on the stage in New York City, at the age of 19. Her career began at the Brooklyn Opera House in Hoop of Gold.[1] She secured her first stage role with the Denman Thompson Company and played leads with the N.B. Curtis Company. This experience led to appearances on Broadway. She once starred in Zala, a production of David Belasco. She headed a stock company in Philadelphia, for a period of 15 years. The actress made three world tours in stock. There was a South African repertoire and a tour of Australia with the Henry Duffy players. She also played in stock companies in Boston and other cities.[citation needed] In the early 1900a, she made annual tours under the direction of Frederick Belasco.[2]

Film careerEdit

Roberts' success in motion pictures began with a Mack Sennett comedy. The film producer saw her on the stage in Your Uncle Dudley and cast her in Grandma's Girl (1930). Her earliest roles were in A Wife's Suspicion and A Wise Dummy, both in 1917. Among her film performances, the Jones Family series is the most renowned. She played the role of Grandma.

Legal settlementEdit

Actor Robert Shaw settled a lawsuit with an actress, Florence Roberts (stage name: Etna Ross), who brought a $50,000 lawsuit against Shaw, who allegedly had thrown her down a staircase while the two worked together in a road company. The suit was settled in January 1937.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

Roberts married actor Walter Gale, and they had a son, Robert Gale.[1]


Roberts died from cardiovascular disease at the age of 79 at her home in Hollywood. She was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, with funeral services performed at Wee Kirk of the Heather. Her eulogy was read by her adopted son, Edward Everett Horton, with whom she appeared in stock. The actress' death came unexpectedly. She had only recently returned from a vacation trip to Panama. She went there following completion of the Jones Family series of 20th Century Fox for the 1939–1940 season.

Partial filmographyEdit


  1. ^ a b "Florence Roberts, screen actress, 79". The New York Times. June 7, 1940. p. 28. ProQuest 105490573. Retrieved November 14, 2020 – via ProQuest.
  2. ^ "California Theatre". California Review. III (1): 20. July 1904. Retrieved July 7, 2021.

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